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Despite ‘desert tsunami,’ one of the world’s rarest fish are thriving in Death Valley Fort Worth Star-Telegram.\. And the cotton are high.
Trouble at the OECD Inside Story
Beneath This Sea, A Sculpture Garden Is Saving an Ecosystem Reasons to be Cheerful
Can we clean Covid from the air around us? Chemistry World. Yes.
Intranasal & Co: A Very Big Month for Mucosal Covid Vaccines Hilda Bastian, PLOS, “What about WHO authorization and mucosal vaccines? As of the end of September, none appear to be under evaluation there yet.” What a shock!
America is skeptical of the ‘dark horse’ COVID vaccine others abroad can’t get enough of Fortune. They’ve just gotta keep the brand out of the headline, don’t they? But the URL begins:
Iran’s Crisis of Legitimacy Foreign Affairs
How a video taken out of context made Hadis Najafi a symbol of repression in Iran The Observers, France 24
Dear Old Blighty
For Liz Truss, the only way is up (or out) Politico. Commentary:
People seem to be getting the hang of it too https://t.co/VfNLJeBChp
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) September 30, 2022
Record number of nurses quitting the NHS BBC. I’m sure when Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB KC becomes Prime Minister he will put the kibosh on the efforts to wreck the NHS and sell it off for parts to American consulting firms.
New Not-So-Cold War
The Blob has form:
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) September 29, 2022
Whodunnit? I guess we’ll never know:
Sikorski accidentally deleted the tweet where he bragged about what the Biden Regime did to the pipeline. pic.twitter.com/z3Q2F9TUc5
— Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) September 29, 2022
Satellites Capture First Images of Nord Stream’s Methane Leaks Bloomberg. Pipeline metallurgy:
Since outer environment of NS pipeline is corrosive seawater, lot of effort was made to protect exterior pipeline surface and not interior
A 3-layer polyethylene external anticorrosion coating was applied
An additional layer of concrete was coated to remain stable on the seabed
— Energy Blogger (@energy_blogger) September 30, 2022
China takes a view:
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) September 30, 2022
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In Washington, Everyone Wins if Ukraine Wins Foreign Policy. Exactly.
How the War in Ukraine Might End The New Yorker. There seems to be no place for propaganda in “war termination theory.”
Putin Can Afford at Least Two More Years of War The Wilson Center
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Leave Crimea Alone The American Conservative
The New York Times on Ukraine: Vietnam Déjà Vu Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com
Biden appoints 1st diplomat dedicated to biodiversity The Week. Ron Klain’s wife.
Statement on the fatal flaws found in a defunct CIA covert communications system CitizenLab and America’s Throwaway Spies Reuters. To be a friend is fatal….
Our Famously Free Press
YouTube Apologizes, Reverses Demonetization Decision Matt Taibbi, TK News. But check out YouTube’s moderation policy on elections, supplied by Taibbi:
Under this policy, any discussion (say, by Hillary Clinton) of Florida 2000, where Jebbie purged the voter rolls in an MR SUBLIMINAL Bud from Legal insists I say “apparent,” here effort to hand the state to his brother who was running for President at the time would be demonetized. Cray cray.
Hill TV Censors Segment On Rashida Tlaib’s Description of Israel as “Apartheid Government,” Bars Reporter The Intercept. Reporter is Katie Halper. More cray cray.
The Forbes 400 2022 Forbes
‘We Need $5 an Hour’: Amazon Workers ‘Insulted’ by Wage Bump Sourcing Journal
Is Your Supply Chain Susceptible to Forced Labor? Industry Week
A mad, mad world Times Literary Supplement
Antidote du jour (via):
— Colleen Hamilton (@Colleen_ham1) September 28, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.